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spaniel

[ span-yuhl ]
/ ˈspæn yəl /
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noun
one of any of several breeds of small or medium-sized dogs, usually having a long, silky coat and long, drooping ears.
a submissive, fawning, or cringing person.
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Origin of spaniel

1350–1400; Middle English spaynel<Old French espaignolSpanish (dog), derivative of EspaigneSpain

OTHER WORDS FROM spaniel

span·iel·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spaniel

spaniel
/ (ˈspænjəl) /

noun
any of several breeds of gundog with long drooping ears, a silky coat, and formerly a docked tailSee clumber spaniel, cocker spaniel, field spaniel, springer spaniel, Sussex spaniel, water spaniel
either of two toy breeds of spanielSee King Charles spaniel
an obsequiously devoted person

Word Origin for spaniel

C14: from Old French espaigneul Spanish (dog), from Old Provençal espanhol, ultimately from Latin Hispāniolus Spanish
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